A Letter from the Editor RE: Hurricane Sandy

As the Editor, I never wish to write a negative article. New York Social Status is based on relating current trends, tastes, and tunes of New York City. We keep it light, young, and fresh, so our audience can check into someone else’s insight and be inspired to try something new. Whether a new band, a new restaurant, or a pop culture related article, we want to bring you lighthearted material.

Photo By Louis Lanzano

Unfortunately with the past few days, I think the current events need to be brought up. Hurricane Sandy affected many in the New York City, Staten Island, Long Island, and New Jersey areas. It brought devastation to the East Coast, and destroyed many of the familiar and known. Places such as the Atlantic City Boardwalk are now in shreds, and is in mere splinters of what used to be.  Natural disasters are scary, because we cannot control it. We can prepare and prepare, and it still can break through any man-made construction such as Hurricane Katrina did, or it can become a breezy tropical storm like Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Sandy devastated millions along the East Coast and will be long remembered. It set records and flattened buildings. Tuesday, October 30th, we started to rebuild and begin the daunting task of cleanup. The realization of the natural disaster set in, and we looked with our eyes glued to our I-pads and television screens on what was going to happen next.  Fires burnt more than 100 houses to the ground in Breezy Point, Queens. Long Island and Staten Island were ravaged, and many are currently left powerless and homeless. Our beloved Subway System and NJ Path System are unusable, and will continue to be for at least 4-5 more days. Areas of Manhattan are powerless, and will continue to be for over a week. Over 7,000 trees have been knocked down in New York City Parks, as the Mayor urgently asks us to stay away from these sanctuaries until further notice.

As we say Goodbye to October and what once was, the civilians of New York and New Jersey look to rebuild. I ask those affected by the Hurricane to not lose hope. You are not alone. I couldn’t tell you the exact number of Twitter and Facebook posts I have seen in the past two days offering up friends and even strangers a place to stay, a hot shower, or a warm pair of clothing. Do NOT underestimate the power of kindness. It’s contagious, and often leads to good karma.

One of America’s Bravest, a Fire Fighter, rescuing a pup (Photo By Adam Hunger/Reuters)

We will grow, we will rebuild, and we will learn. We have to move on instead of dwell. New Yorkers are a strong bunch. Frank Sinatra once said if “you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”.

Focus on the postive. Count your blessings for your health and good fortune of your loved ones. Appreciate what you have, not dwell on what you have lost. The New York City Marathon will take place this Sunday, November 4th, and I encourage anyone to go out and cheer the runners on. Why? Because we support each other when the time gets tough, and we will support each other and celebrate the vitality and diversity of New York. The promise to proceed with the Marathon is not a slap in the face to those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, but to show that we are moving on and will not be brought down.

The images coming through from the storm are devastating, but many are inspiring. I want to thank the thousands of volunteers, firefighters, policemen, and other goverment officials working around the clock to ensure security and comfort. As a retired fireman’s daughter, I understand the burden put on your families and selves that you do each day. Your selflessness does not go unnoticed.

We’ve been through worse. We’ve lived through more personal attacks, and we will continue to thrive.

Because it’s New York City dammit.

XOXO,

Ashley

Photo Credit: Sean Sweeney

**New York Social Status encourages anyone who wants to share their story or a story of New Yorkers helping others to e-mail us. In this time

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